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Conceptual Art about the Bomb

Trinity: Reflections on the Bomb Transforming Science into Art

The primary intention of conceptual art is to emphasize the ideas represented in the work more than the aesthetic or formal elements. Often the process of making the art is correlated to the concept of the work. Beginning particularly in the 1970s, artists began addressing political issues associated with nuclear weapons and nuclear power. Irony and humor became a powerful thread within these works. Artists created these works for public display in museums and public places with the intention of encouraging viewers to consider issues and concerns around nuclear weapons and energy.

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Luís Jiménez, Mountain Spirits Dancing with Nuclear Rods, 1974

Bruce Nauman, Eat Death, 1976

Tony Price, Atomic Thunderbird

Anne Noggle, Vertical Stance (from the series: Earthbound), 1979

Tom Joyce, Platen I, 1994-95

Eve Andrée Laramée, Breathing into Each-Others Lungs, 1994

Tom Joyce, Reservoir I, 2013-2015

Abbey Hepner, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, Radioactive waste shipped to WIPP: 2,424,143 Gallons, 2014

Nicola López,  Ideal Structures for a Dubious Future (Pyramid Temple),  2012

Ehren Natay, Yellow Cake, 2019

Douglas Kent Hall, The Book of War: White Sands, 2002

Thomas Powell, For Kafka, 2019

Meridel Rubenstein, The Meeting, 1993

Meridel Rubenstein,  Oppenheimer's chair, 1993

Yukiyo Kawano, Little Boy folded (#2), 2016

Yukiyo Kawano, Fat Man folded (The 1945 Oregonian), 2019